Michaele Salahi's Husband 'Relieved' She Wasn't Kidnapped
Michaele Salahi's husband is relieved his wife wasn't kidnapped, his lawyer, David Silek, said on Good Morning America Thursday.
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Silek says that his client Tareq Salahi, a former star of Bravo's Real Housewives of D.C., is devastated that she reportedly ran off with Journey guitarist Neal Schon. The band's rep told TMZ: "Nobody kidnapped her and they are in Memphis together."
Silek, the lawyer, says it's too soon to tell if the Salahis will divorce.
Some have speculated the "kidnapping" was a publicity stunt, which could land them both with criminal charges. The two, after all, rose to fame after crashing a White House state dinner in 2009 (they insist they were invited), and have attempted to land several other reality shows after Bravo did not renew Real Housewives of DC for a second season. Michaele was kicked off Celebrity Rehab for having no addiction. She also tried to launch a singing career with her single "Bump It."
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In an emotional appearance on NBC Wednesday night, Tareq denied he was seeking attention through tears. "I swear to God. I'm missing my wife," he said.
Tareq called police after his wife disappeared for six hours after reportedly going out for a hair appointment and dance class.
Virginia's Warren County Sheriff's Office issued a statement Wednesday that officials had spoken to Michaele and she was "fine."
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"Deputy Mike Glavis subsequently spoke with Mrs. Salahi by telephone a few moments later," the sheriff's office said. "Deputy Glavis was able to identify Mrs. Salahi by having previous conversations with her in the past. She seemed calm, was engaged in conversation and assured the deputy that she had left the residence with a good friend and was where she wanted to be. Mrs. Salahi advised that she did not want Mr. Salahi to know where she was. Mrs. Salahi advised Deputy Glavis that she was very sorry that the Sheriff's Office had to be involved, but she did not want to be home right now."